Cookies & Sweets

Fudgy Adzuki Bean Brownies with Coconut Whip

Yes, you read that right. Today we’re making brownies with beans!

If someone would have told me 10 years ago that I would be sharing a brownie recipe where the secret ingredient was adzuki beans I would have never ever believed it.

I do love beans and lentils now but it hasn’t always been the case. A few years ago, when Kuteer introduced me to a traditional dish from where he grew up – Pasta Fagioli (a soup with pasta and beans) – I thought he was absolutely crazy (together with the rest of the Italians). For me it seemed like such a weird combination and I just couldn’t wrap my head around eating pasta with beans. However, once I tried it, it was one of the best things I had ever tasted.

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That being said, it’s time to put your bean prejudice aside and give this recipe a try. You won’t regret it, we promise!

These brownies are fudgy, rich, sweet and the best brownies Kuteer and I have had to date. Plus they’re loaded with omega-3s, fibre and tons of other good-for-you nutrients. Enjoy them plain or with a delicious coconut whip!

Oh, and when you bake them, tell no one the secret ingredient until they’re four bites in and asking you for the recipe!

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Fudgy Adzuki Bean Brownies with Coconut Whip

Makes 12 squares

INGREDIENTS
Brownies
6 tablespoons ground flaxseed

1 cup / 200 g cooked adzuki beans
1/3 cup / 75 ml sunflower oil
1 cup / 200 g coconut palm sugar
¼ cup / 55 g cacao powder
¼ cup / 55 g chopped almonds
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla powder
3.5 oz. / 100 g dark chocolate, 70%

Ganache
½ cup maple syrup
½ cup cacao powder
2 tablespoons coconut oil

Coconut whip
7 fl oz. / 200 ml coconut cream
3 tablespoons maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener)

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

METHOD
Place the coconut cream in the fridge to chill.

Brownies
Preheat the oven to 350ºF / 180ºC. Line a baking tray (8.5 x 12 in / 21 x 30 cm) with parchment paper and grease it with a little sunflower oil.

In a bowl, combine ground flax seed with nine tablespoons of water, stir well and leave it aside to thicken. The flax seed will absorb all of the liquid, acting as a binder in the batter.

Place beans in a food processor and blend until smooth. Add the flax seed mixture, sunflower oil, sugar, cacao powder, chopped almonds, baking powder and vanilla extract. Blend until you have a rich and glossy batter.

Roughly chop the dark chocolate into small chunks, add to the batter and pulse few times to mix it all together. Pour the batter into the baking tray, cover with tin foil and bake for about 60 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let cool while preparing the glaze.

Ganache
Mix maple syrup, cocoa powder and coconut oil.  Brush onto the brownies.

Coconut whip
In a bowl, whisk the chilled coconut cream, maple syrup and vanilla extract until thick and creamy.

Assembly
Cut the brownies into squares and serve with coconut whip. 

Buon Appetito!

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17 Comments

  • Reply Tina October 16, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Well these sound amazing! 🙂

  • Reply Joyce October 16, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Vegan, gluten-free, and Adzuki bean are all what I usually do in my diet. Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to make them. BTW, what kind or brand of dark chocolate are you using in this recipe?

    • Reply foodieawareness October 16, 2015 at 10:17 pm

      Hi Joyce! You’re so welcome! We used the organic brand Vivani, 70% cacao. It’s amazing! But you can use any dark chocolate that you have available 🙂 Thanks for your comment and let us know what you think after you’ve tried the recipe!

  • Reply rachel @ athletic avocado October 19, 2015 at 2:36 am

    well these sound unbelivable!!! the fact that they have ganache and coconut whip makes me want to make them now!

    • Reply foodieawareness October 19, 2015 at 8:10 am

      Thanks Rachel! Yes, the chocolate ganache and coconut whip makes them irresistible!! 🙂

  • Reply Murielle Marie October 20, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    This really sounds so delicious and health-conscious! Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Maja October 20, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Just what I was looking for! I think I’ll be making those tomorrow. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Reply Molly October 20, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Looks amazing!

  • Reply Kath October 20, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Yum! I definitely need a healthy replacement for my chocolate habit. I might give these a go!

    • Reply foodieawareness October 20, 2015 at 10:19 pm

      Sounds great Kath! It’s fantastic to have healthy alternatives at hand 🙂

  • Reply Hannah October 22, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    These look amazing! Can’t wait to try them out! I’ve been eating really clean lately, and these are compliant with my new eating goals. Thank you!

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